Hobart set to strike in Big Bash: Bailey

HOBART Hurricanes skipper George Bailey believes Tasmania's Twenty20 franchise can have an impact in this year's Big Bash League, despite the general consensus that the team lacks the required depth in its squad.

"I think any squad can [win it], and if you look at any squad on paper, they all look strong," Bailey said yesterday.

"It's just a matter of starting well, and that's quite important in a competition like Twenty20.

"It's such a confidence game and there is so much that can go either way that if you can get a few guys in good form and feeling good about the way they are playing ... anything can happen."

The Hurricanes reached the semi- finals in the first year of the competition, before crashing to sixth last summer.

They have been dealt a blow on the eve of their opening match, against the Adelaide Strikers at Bellerive Oval tomorrow, with former English all- rounder and assistant coach Dimitri Mascarenhas suffering a fractured jaw in a practice match on Thursday.

The 36-year-old had surgery yesterday morning, with Cricket Tasmania saying it was "unknown" how long it would take him to recover.

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